Juneau Alaska

 


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Juneau is the capital city of Alaska and is the only US capital you can not get to by a road. As of the 2010 census, the City and Borough had a population of 31,275. Between the months of May and September, the daily population of the city can increase by roughly 6,000 people from visiting cruise ships. We were sitting in our room eating lunch as we approached Juneau. Our first stop was a fish hatchery where they raised salmon. Then it was on to a rain forest and the rain co-operated. It rained pretty heavy while we were there. Then we were on to the Mendenhall Glacier.

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Mendenhall Glacier is about 12 miles long and is just outside of downtown Juneau. Like most glaciers in Alaska Mendenhall is retreating. The glacier has receded 1.75 miles since 1958, when Mendenhall Lake was created, and over 2.5 miles since 1500.

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The ship did not leave Juneau until 11 PM so we decided to take an evening whale watching excursion. While we did see a lot of whales we still had not seen had not seen one breach and we didnít this time either. It rained most of the day while we were there but at least it didn't while we were on the whale watching cruise.

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